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Jean-Baptiste Aziere – Director’s BIO. Short film “THE ARK”

Film playing at the Best of EUROPEAN Cinema FEEDBACK Film Festival. Thursday May 18th. 7pm. Downtown Toronto. Get your FREE Tickets

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I’m a 23 years old student at Supinfocom Valenciennes (a french animation school). I wrote, directed and edited this film during my 4th year of study.

Find more details about my projects at : http://www.jbaziere.com


festival posterTHE ARK, 2min, France, Animation/Experimental

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Read NEW Filmmaking and Director Interviews

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Interview with Filmmaker Michelle Brand (A SMALL VOICE)
At the beginning, I was really nervous. But throughout hearing the audience talking about my film, I had to smile. It really moved me to hear people discuss the film, their thoughts and feelings, and it was very touching.
Interview with Filmmaker Leon Williams (HOWELL)
I found it surreal at first. It’s pretty cool aeeing reactions from people so far away enjoying and responding so positively to our little Welsh short film. It’s heartwarming to see such feedback and highly rewarding to hear the laughs.
Interview with Filmmaker Veronique Vanblaere (BOTTOMLESS)
I got to be a fly on the wall. Seeing and hearing people talking about my film while I could not be there was not only a “voyeuristic” treat, but provided fantastic constructive feedback on my work. I do not know of a festival that provides this type of experience for their filmmakers.
Interview with Filmmaker Oscar Lewis (1916)
I was very touched. I’m not sure how to properly express this, but what I appreciated above all else is the fact that it was understood – I mean really understood – more so than anything anyone had said about it before or since. I made this film because I wanted to explain how you often don’t realise when something life changing is happening. And that memory is fragmented and imperfect like a ‘bad flick book’. I thought that was a very good observation. The fact that people openly said they were moved by this film really meant a lot, I don’t have any affiliation with WWI (obviously), but I know what it’s like to feel loss as a child. The farewell which you never dreamt meant goodbye.
Interview with Filmmaker Alex Giannoulis (LUCY)
I never hide my feelings so I ll be blunt: I was very happy to see both how the people were moved and most importantly that they all got the main idea of the film, however, each one of them from his own point of view. Having many points of view means the film is multidimensional and this is the best reward for us. This was an overall very interesting experience.
Interview with Filmmaker Jane Eakin (101 CUPCAKES)
I was pleased that audience members followed the story and were able to relate it to their own experiences. It was also good to hear areas that could be improved.
Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Brooks (GHOSTBOY)
It was great to see an audience from a different country express their opinions on Ghostboy, they understood the theme and metaphor behind the characters well.

 

 

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Interview with Writer/Director Rebecca Miller (Maggie’s Plan) – It was an honor sitting down with writer/director Rebecca Miller to talk about her film “Maggie’s Plan”, which opened in the USA on May 20th, and opens in Canada on June 10th. The film stars Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Travis Fimmel, Bill Hader, and Maya Rudolph.

Interview with Cinematographer Adam Stone (Midnight Special, Take Shelter) – In his brief career, Adam Stone has already established himself as one of the top DPs in the industry today.

FilmFreeway Founder Zachary Jones – 2 Year Anniversary Interview – FilmFreeway has taken the film industry by storm since this indy startup launched 2 years ago. It is now the #1 platform in the world for filmmakers to submit their films and screenplays to festivals, trumping Withoutabox, which is owned and operated by the billion $ corporation Amazon. It’s quite an achievement. And they have succeeded by doing the right thing, and with integrity.

Interview with Cinematographer Natasha Braier (The Neon Demon, The Rover)– Natasha Braier is a Director of Photography on the rise. Her list of credits is already impressive, but 2016 could be her banner year. She is set to film “American Express”, directed by Nash Edgerton and starring Charlize Theron. Her film, “The Neon Demon”, will be coming out later this year. It stars Keanu Reeves & Elle Fanning, and is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson).

Interview with Oscar Nominated Production Designer Michael Corenblith (Apollo 13, The Blind Side) – What an honor it was to talk with the amazing Production Designer Michael Corenblith. His resume is filled with some of the best movies in the last 20 years, including: Saving Mr. Banks, The Campaign, Game Change, Dinner for Schmucks, The Blind Side, Frost/Nixon, Apollo 13.

Interview with Stunt Performer Adam Kirley (Batman Begins, Casino Royale, Grimsby) – Adam Kirley is one of the best stunt performers in the world today. He has performed in over 60 films in the last 16 years, including: Iron Man 3, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, X-Men: First Class, Terminator Salvation, and Munich. He was Daniel Craig’s stunt double in the landmark James Bond movie “Casino Royale”. He is also a Screen Actors Guild and World Stunt Award winner.

Interview with Storyboard Artist Robert Castillo (X-Men: Apocalypse, Star Wars: Episode VII) – It was an honor sitting down with one of the more sought out storyboard artists in Hollywood. In just the last year, Robert has worked on “Star Wars”, “Fifty Shades of Black”, “Ride Along 2”, “Keanu”, “Captain America: Civil War”, “Bad Neighbours 2”, “X-Men: Apocalypse”, and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.

Interview with Stuntwoman Luci Romberg (Ghostbusters, Divergent, Spy) – What fun it was to sit down with stunt performer Luci Romberg, who has recently been working as Melissa McCarthy’s stunt double (Ghostbusters, The Boss, Spy, Identity Thief). She has also performed stunts on over 60 films in the last 10+ years, including Transformers, The Conjuring, Divergent, Zombieland, and Earth to Echo.

Interview with Production Designer Jane Musky (When Harry Met Sally…, Ghost) – Jane Musky is one of the top Production Designers working in the industry today. She has designed over 40 productions in the last 30 years, working with directors Mike Newell, Ivan Reitman, Andy Tennant, Gus Van Sant, Jerry Zucker, James Foley, and The Coen Brothers, to name a few. She also happens to be married to the President of the United States (well on the TV show Scandel) for the last 28 years too!

Interview with Cinematographer Trent Opaloch (Captain America: Civil War) – Trent Opaloch is easily the most talented and sought after cinematographers in the world today. He has DP’d for director Neil Blomkamp on “District 9”, “Elysium”, and “Chappie”, and director’s Anthony & Joe Russo on “Captain America: Winter Soldier”, and the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War”. It was an honor to sit down with him to chat about his career and the art of cinematography.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

BIO of director Jarek Zabczynski

Jared Zabczynski- See director BIO

Jarek’s professional film career began almost right out of high school, and in the most unexpected of places, the basement of the Pepsi Bottling Group in NY where he directed and produced corporate industrials, training videos, and other marketing and presentation tools. After breaking away from the stronghold of the corporate world, Jarek’s bigger vision, accompanied by his entrepreneurial spirit drove him to create his childhood dream, “Jester Pictures.” He began with a steady stream of graphic design and video production.

Jarek’s networking efforts provided him an opportunity to produce and direct the “Spammy Awards” for Hollywood Producer Don Murphy. Later that year Jarek was awarded with a grand prize for his video submission to a video contest held by Paramount Pictures, gaining him access to Industrial Light and Magic and the team behind that summer’s blockbuster movie “Transformers.”

In 2008 Jarek directed his first music video for NY pop/hip-hop artist, Theory. The video “Change,” went on to win the BET award for “Most Inspirational Music Video for an Independent Artist.” He soon after continued along the music video path collaborating with Island / Def Jam’s Chrisette Michele to edit her new music video “Love is You.” Later that year Jarek was hired to record a series of live concerts for Broadway’s Adam Pascal of RENT and Aida fame. He then produced and directed Adam’s first music video for his song “Single Drop of You,” which won “Best Music Video” at the Moondance Film Festival in Colorado.

When Theory was ready to make his next video, the choice for Director/Producer was obvious. Jarek’s vision for the song “We’ll Be Alright,” literally took him to new heights, showcasing some aerial views along the Hudson River in NY. The video takes you on a journey through space and time having been the first ever video filmed on the “Walkway over the Hudson,” the world’s longest and highest pedestrian bridge. “We’ll Be Alright” went on win “Best Music Video” at several festivals including The Garden State, Nevada, and Las Vegas Film Festivals.

His next music video endeavors would take him overseas to France, Spain and most recently Italy. Commercially, he would also begin working on several commercials for department store Lord and Taylor and well as public service announcements for the Red Cross, featuring supermodel Niki Taylor. His latest music video project took him to Miami, where he shot and directed “Bajo el Sol” for the artist Monique, from NBC’s The Voice. His pursuit of becoming more and more involved in the film industry lead him to finally tackle a series of short films. Teaming up with actor and writer, Ryan Katzer, they chose Jack is Pretty as their first narrative project. When what began as a 6 page concept, blossomed into more of a short feature, with a feature length script already in the works. Proud of their first film together, the duo is currently planning several other shorts, as well as their first feature.

festival posterJACK IS PRETTY
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26min, USA, Fantasy/Family

BIO of director Tyler Lionel Parr (IRONIED)

Tyler Lionel Parr- See director BIO

Tyler has been an avid performer in theatre for the past 25 years in such shows as West Side Story, Hamlet, Art, Romeo & Juliet, History of the Devil, Trojan Woman and August: Osage County.

He has won several awards for his roles in comedic and dramatic productions such as George F. Walker’s – Problem Child and funniest comedic show – Fully Insured.

Tyler has just recently been awarded the National Screen Institute of Canada – Brian Linehan Award for Best Actor (Ironied).

He has been nominated for best actor in shows such as Daniel McIvor’s – Never Swim Alone and the notable Yazmina Riza’s – Art. He has performed and toured throughout Canada and performed in shows as far abroad as Prague and Turkey with the auspicious group Black Hand Theatre. He has appeared on several television shows such as ‘Curious and Unusual Deaths, Breakout, Inventions That Shook the World, The History Network, CBC, Discovery Network and commercials, as well as many principal roles in independent short films.

Born in Woodstock Ontario, Canada, he has lived from coast to coast and is currently living in Toronto, where he works as an actor, director and filmmaker. Tyler is the owner and Artistic Director of Figurehead Films. His first film, Dragonfly, was accepted into the Short Film Corner at the 2012 Festival De Cannes and the Toronto Independent Film Festival.

festival posterIRONIED
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11min, Canada, Drama/Comedy

BIO of director Michael Vidler (MINE)

Michael Vidler- See director BIO

Michael P. Vidler is a creative and enthusiastic ?lmmaker from Vancouver, Canada. At a young age Michael took a fervent interest in film and storytelling. He would write short narratives from his bedroom in the attic, and cast unsuspecting friends and family member to act in said narratives. In the years since this Michael has gone on to work in the industry as an editor and camera operator for CityTV in Vancouver. As well as his professional career Michael has continued to write, direct and produce his own short films.

These films have screened at festivals around the work, such as The Atlantic Film Festival, The New York Independent Film Festival, and the Bronx Film Festival. Along with this Michael has recently completed his MFA in film from Raindance. While completing his Masters Michael wrote and directed the short film Mine which has been playing at festivals world wide and took home several awards. It won the Best International Short Film award at the Williamsburg Film Festival, a Silver award from the Spotlight Horror Film Awards and a Best Actress Award at the Macabre Fair Film Festival for Paula Spur’s performance of Dianne. Since the completion of Mine Michael has continued to explore filmmaking and is now currently working on developing his first feature film.

festival posterMINE
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29min, Canada, Drama/Thriller

Bio of Director James Ersted (MONTH TO MONTH)

James Ersted- See director BIO

Born and raised in San Jose, CA. Worked as a sound mixer for the last eight years in Los Angeles on shows like Nathan For You, Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories, and Comedy Bang! Bang! Has also mixed dozens of feature films, short films, and documentaries. “Month to Month” is the first film that James has directed in almost ten years, but it will not be his last. After a long hiatus, he is finally making the transition from sound.

Director Statement

The inspiration for this film came from seeing artist after artist get discouraged and leave Los Angeles. I started to imagine that they hadn’t actually moved back to their hometown, but instead disappeared through a portal.

festival posterMONTH TO MONTH
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12min, USA, Drama/Fantasy